February 20, 2018

 

SIGNIFICANT ICING CONCERNS FOR NORTHWEST MISSOURI       

 

Significant icing is expected today across much of northwest Missouri.  An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for a portion of the I-35 corridor, from the Kansas City Metro area, north to the Highway 36 corridor, including Caldwell, Clinton, Davies, Ray and DeKalb counties, until 6pm.  The National Weather Service says ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch or more are possible in that area, which could cause tree and power line damage, in addition to extremely hazardous travel conditions.  A winter weather advisory is in effect for the rest of northwest Missouri, including Putnam, Sullivan, Grundy and Livingston Counties, and locations to the west, through the St. Joseph area and into northeastern Kansas.  Lesser ice accumulations, but still significant icing on roadways, is expected in those locations, with significant travel concerns across all of northwest Missouri.

For the remainder of north central and northeast Missouri, light icing is possible as temperatures drop today and scattered rain showers mix with and then change to freezing rain.  The lighter accumulations will limit the widespread nature of the threat, but motorists are encouraged to be prepared for at least some slick travel later today in north central and northeast Missouri.  Once again, significant hazardous travel is developing to our west.  The system will push out of the area and the precipitation chances will diminish by this evening into the overnight hours. 

 

MAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A New Haven man was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:50pm Sunday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Michael Shands was on Route Y when his Ford Explorer traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a traffic sign, returned to the roadway, ran off the right side of the road again and struck a second traffic sign.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN ARRESTED AFTER BEING ACCUSED OF THREATENING TO SHOOT UP SCHOOL

 

Just a few days after a Centralia teen was arrested for having a gun and ammunition at school another teen has been arrested for threatening to shoot up a school with an AK-47 in a video posted on social media in Republic, MO.  The report states that the Republic Police Department took the 13 year old Missouri boy to the Greene County Juvenile Detention Center early Sunday morning on suspicion of making a terrorist threat.  The report also states that police seized guns and other evidence from the boy’s residence.  Police say the threatening video was originally sent to another person late Friday night but wasn't reported to authorities until early Saturday evening.  The investigation continues.

 




February 19, 2018

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENTS PLANNED FOR ROUTE E IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing culvert work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Route E - Feb. 20-23, road closed from New Truxton Road to Baptist Road for culvert replacement.  Work will be completed between 8am and 3pm.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.  This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING FATAL HIT AND RUN             

 

Columbia Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash, which occurred Saturday morning on westbound I-70.  Police say the victim, 35 year old Jerry Martin, of Florissant, MO, was walking on the roadway when he was struck.  The vehicle, believed to be a silver passenger car, left the scene.  Anyone with information is urged to call Columbia Police or the Boone County tips line. 

 

CENTRALIA STUDENT ARRESTED AFTER TAKING GUN TO SCHOOL    

 

A Centralia High School student face possible charges, as the investigation continues into a gun and ammunition found in the student’s backpack on Friday.  Administrators were notified of the possible threat after the items were reported by other students Friday morning.  Centralia Police took the student into custody at the scene and have indicated that the handgun was apparently stolen from a residence in Audrain County.  The investigation is ongoing. 

 

STOLEN VEHICLE RESULTS IN MULTI-COUNTY PURSUIT          

 

A stolen vehicle report in Saline County resulted in a pursuit by law enforcement from Carroll County into Livingston County Saturday.  According to the report, a stolen utility truck was spotted by Carroll County authorities and the driver fled, resulting in a pursuit into Livingston County.  The Highway Patrol assisted and deployed spike strips on Highway 36, west of Chillicothe.  The suspect surrendered without incident, after striking the spike strips.  20 year old Jeremiah Joel Bailiff, of St. Louis, was taken into custody, pending charges in three counties. 

 




Weekend Report- February 17-18, 2018

 

MAN KILLED, WOMAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed and a woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 7:20am Saturday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 22 year old Roy Alonso Villa of Winfield was on Highway 79 when his car started to slide, crossed the center of the roadway, traveled sideways southbound in the northbound lane and was struck in the left side by a car driven by 56 year old Judith Piant of O’Fallon.  Both were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis where he died from his injuries a short time later, while she was treated for moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Cooper County.  56 year old Paul Cook of California, MO was on Route AA when he made a right turn onto Long Drive and his truck ran off the road and went into a ditch.  He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A Washington teen was hurt in a Saturday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  17 year old Eleanor Johnston was on Route A when her car ran off the left side of the road, struck a ditch and a post.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 




February 16, 2018

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Middletown woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:45pm Thursday in Montgomery County.  42 year old Joanna Miller was on Route T when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned several times.  She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN EARLY-MORNING I-70 ACCIDENT       

 

Columbia Police have confirmed that one person is dead after being struck by a semi on Eastbound I-70, early this (Fri) morning.  Police were called to the scene at around 1am.  They have not released the identity of the victim, and no further details have been released.  The investigation is ongoing.

 

DRIVERS HURT IN THURSDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

Both drivers were hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Thursday night in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that a car driven by 57 year old Braiden Kasishke of Troy was stopped on Missouri 47 to make a left turn into a private drive when it was struck in the rear by a car driven by 32 year old Tiffany Spengler of Hawk Point which was not able to stop in time.  Both women were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN HURT IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH

 

A Columbia woman was hurt in a Thursday evening crash in Boone County.  31 year old Christy Comer was on MO 163 when her car ran off the right side of the road and struck a sign.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

 




February 15, 2018

 

WOMAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman from Union, MO was injured in an accident that occurred at 7:35pm Wednesday in Franklin County.  21 year old Samantha Wideman was on Mill Hill Road and driving too fast for road conditions when her car slid off the right side of the road, down an embankment and struck a ditch before overturning.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN NOVEMBER FATAL ACCIDENT      

 

A Columbia man has been charged in connection with a deadly accident, which occurred in November on I-70 Drive southeast in Columbia.  Court documents identify William Lauer as the driver of a truck, which crashed into a bridge support.  He allegedly left the scene, but two passengers were injured and one of those, Cathy Watson, later died from her injuries.  Investigators say Lauer had an outstanding warrant for his arrest at the time of the accident, which is why he left the scene.  He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and is being held in the Boone County Jail on $100,000 dollars bond.

 

TWO HURT, ONE SERIOUSLY IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

Two people from Paw Paw, MI were hurt, one seriously in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Pike County.  The patrol says that 52 year old Melissa Coulson and her passenger 61 year old Mark Coulson were on US 54 when they both suffered a medical condition due to a vehicle defect, which caused the vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway and impacted an embankment.  She was taken to Blessing Hospital with serious injuries while he was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 




February 14, 2018

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at 10:50pm Tuesday in Jefferson County.  34 year old Daniel Stovall of High Ridge, MO was on MO 30 in the left turn lane for northbound Dillon Road and as he was turning a car being driven by 29 year old John Gaynor of Hillsboro failed to stop for a steady red light and the front of his car struck the right side of the other vehicle.  Both were transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Clare Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN TUESDAY ACCIDENT     

 

A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 63 in Osage County, Tuesday morning.  24 year old Blake Reno, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:45am.  The patrol says Reno’s northbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a fence and a utility pole, then overturned. 

 

MOBERLY POLICE ADVISE RESIDENTS TO MONITOR TRANSACTIONS   

 

Moberly Police are advising residents to keep a close eye on your credit and debit card accounts, after numerous recent reports of fraudulent transactions to area banks.  Investigators say there is evidence that credit card numbers have been obtained and are being used around the state of Missouri.  They say many of the fraudulent transactions occurred from late December thru late January.  The investigation is in its preliminary stages and will take some time.  Anyone with information is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Randolph County Tips Line.  All citizens are advised to closely monitor their debit and credit transaction records, as the investigation continues. 

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday at approximately 10:33pm, the Mexico Public Safety department responded to the 800 block of N Calhoun in reference to a fight and a motor vehicle crash.  Responding personnel learned that a 16 year-old male juvenile from Mexico was in his 2003 Dodge, parked in a private driveway, when a group of people arrived and parked a 2005 Chevrolet pick-up behind his vehicle.  The group exited the Chevrolet and surrounded the Dodge in an attempt to get the 16 year-old male to fight.  As the 16 year-old attempted to drive away, he struck a 15 year-old female who was standing around his vehicle, and he also struck the Chevrolet.  17 year old Damian R Wagnone of Mexico proceeded to assault the 16 year-old male.  Wagnone was arrested and processed at MPSD.  He was later taken to the Audrain County Jail for Assault 3rd degree.  The 15 year-old female was driven to SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain where she was treated for minor injuries and released.  The 16 year-old had some swelling and marks to his face but did not need medical attention.  It was determined there had previously been an argument between these parties near Wagnone’s home which led to this altercation.

 

 




February 13, 2018

 

MAN INJURED IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A St. Louis man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 6:30pm Monday in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 46 year old Gene Fenske was southbound on I-55 when his car struck debris in the lane, traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  He was taken to St. Anthony’s Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TWO CHILDREN KILLED IN MID-MISSOURI HOUSE FIRE      

 

The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating after two children died in a Sunday night house fire in Chamois, in Osage County.  The Osage County Sheriff’s Department says firefighters were called to the scene at around 10:15pm Sunday.  When they arrived, it was fully engulfed and they were not able to get inside.  Officials say the family included four children, two of those kids were unable to escape the blaze.  Authorities say the cause is under investigation but it does not appear to be suspicious.   

 

OFFENDER DEATH AT WERDCC

 

Early Monday morning offender Karen Gigax was pronounced dead at the Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Vandalia.  The 56 year old woman was serving a 10 year sentence for one count of first-degree assault from Monroe County.  She was first received in the Missouri Department of Corrections on March 30, 2015.  An autopsy will be conducted.  The department does not suspect foul play was involved.

 

MOBERLY MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD MOLESTATION    

 

Randolph County authorities have filed multiple charges against a Moberly man, in connection with allegations involving a six-year-old girl.  Officers were called to a residence Sunday, where the boyfriend of the child’s mother, 19 year old Blake Andrew Varner, of Moberly, was accused of inappropriately touching the six-year-old.  After investigation, Varner was charged with two counts of child molestation and two counts of statutory sodomy.  He is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center, on $75,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 




February 12, 2018

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENTS PLANNED FOR ROUTE E IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing culvert work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Route E - Feb. 13-16, road closed from the north outer road of Interstate 70 to Van Horn Road for culvert replacement.  Work will be completed between 8am and 3pm each day.  The road will be open at the end of each work day.

 

Route E - Feb. 20-23, road closed from New Truxton Road to Baptist Road for culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8am and 3pm.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.  This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Shelbina driver was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:45am Monday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 35 year old Corey Peacock was southbound on Route E when he failed to stop for a stop sign, crossed MO 22 onto County Road 957 and then his vehicle struck a raised railroad grade crossing before leaving the right side of the roadway.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Vandalia teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in Pike County.  18 year old Kassidee Hess was on Pike County Road 20 and driving too fast for the slick road conditions when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY USING MACHETE TO STEAL CAR  

 

Boone County deputies arrested a man, who was accused of stealing a car by threatening the owner with a machete.  35 year old Manuel Grajalez-Lopez, of Columbia, was arrested after the incident, which occurred Sunday evening in the 700 block of Demaret Drive.  The victim says his car was running to warm up, outside his home, when Lopez tried to drive off, but slid on the ice and struck a pile of debris.  The suspect then allegedly pulled out a machete and threatened the victim.  He was arrested at the scene.

 




Weekend Report- February 10-11, 2018

 

TWO KILLED, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people were killed and another was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 6pm Saturday in Callaway County.  28 year old David Fletcher of Mexico was on Highway 54 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a concrete culvert and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where he died from his injuries a short time later, meanwhile one of his passengers, 36 year old Amanda Goff of Mexico was pronounced dead at the scene, while 37 year old Michael Fitch of Vandalia was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TROY RESIDENTS INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

Two Troy residents were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 24 year old Anthony Pena was on Route W and driving too fast for the icy road conditions when his truck slid off the left side of the roadway, struck a mailbox, became airborne, went over a private drive and struck a tree.  He along with his passenger 19 year old Kelci Rackley were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A St. Charles woman was hurt in an early Sunday morning crash in St. Charles County.  66 year old Bonny Howard was on Missouri Route 370 when her vehicle slid on the icy roadway, ran off the left side of the road and struck the concrete median barrier twice.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.

  




February 9, 2018

 

TROY WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A Troy woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon in Lincoln County.  79 year old Barbara Arnold was backing down a private drive when her vehicle struck a mail box, a bush and overturned, striking a fence and came to rest overturned in a field off the south side of the road.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED AFTER KNOCKING ON DOORS     

 

A Columbia man has been formally charged after his arrest this week.  Enoch Peters was arrested Tuesday.  A probable cause statement accuses Peters of knocking on a woman’s door, asking for sex and attempting to force his way into her home.  The woman was able to get her door closed and locked.  A second female victim told police Peters also knocked on her door and suggested sexual contact.  He is charged with second-degree sexual misconduct. 

 

DRIVER HURT IN BOONE COUNTY COLLISION         

 

A Thursday morning collision on Boone County Route A at Old U.S. 63 sent a driver to the hospital with moderate injuries.  It occurred at around 7:30am.  The patrol says a northbound car, driven by 37 year old Linda Sapp, of Hartsburg, apparently failed to yield at the intersection and collided with an eastbound pickup, driven by an Ashland man.  Sapp was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital. 

 

MORE WATER MAIN REPAIRS FOR MOBERLY          

 

Moberly City officials say repairs are planned Friday on a water main, which will affect service for a portion of the city.  Residents in the 100 block of North Clark Street, and 100 and 200 blocks of South Sturgeon, the 100 block of North Sturgeon and the 100 block of West Burkhart could see an interruption of service today.  The entire city of Moberly remains under a boil advisory, through today, due to the major water main break which occurred earlier in the week. 

 




February 8, 2018

 

ACTIVE SHOOTER EXERCISE PLANNED FOR END OF MONTH    

 

Multiple public service agencies will partner with Stephens College in Columbia to conduct a full-scale active shooter exercise on the campus, later this month.  The exercise will be held on February 28 and will take place around the Pillsbury Science Center and Windsor Auditorium Buildings on the Stephens Campus.  Residents should expect to see a number of emergency services operating in that area on the 28th.  The object of the event will be to evaluate the local response agencies in all aspects of a potential active assailant situation. 

 

MOBERLY WATER SITUATION IMPROVING – BOIL ORDER IN EFFECT   

 

Moberly City officials say a major water main break has been repaired and water pressure is returning to normal, but a boil advisory will remain in effect for the City of Moberly thru Friday.  The large water main break occurred just before midnight Tuesday night and drained the city’s water towers.  Officials say the water towers are now refilling and the system is returning to normal.  All Moberly water customers are urged to boil their water for at least five minutes before consumption.  The Moberly Fire Department has also issued a ban on outdoor burning until further notice. 

 

MOBERLY MAN FACE BURGLARY CHARGE          

 

A Moberly man faces a burglary charge after being accused of breaking into a Moberly home, early Tuesday morning.  Court documents accuse 32 year old Ricco Valentino Marshall, of Moberly, of breaking down a door at the residence in the 1100 block of Hinkley Street, just after 3 o’clock in the morning.  The unnamed victim told police they used a mattress to barricade themselves in a room until Marshall left the scene.  He is charged with one count of first-degree burglary and is scheduled for arraignment on February 20. 

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED THE NEXT TWO MONDAYS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following dates:

Monday, February 12, in observance of Lincoln Day.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, February 13.

Monday, February 19, in observance of Washington's birthday.  Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, February 20.

 




February 7, 2018

 

TWO INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two men were injured in an accident that occurred at 7:20pm Monday in Montgomery County.  31 year old Ricky Brown of Old Monroe was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled over an icy spot on the roadway, which caused it to rotate, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries while his passenger 54 year old John Mahaney of St. Louis suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

SHOTS FIRED IN NORTH COLUMBIA NEIGHBORHOOD          

 

Columbia Police converged on a north Columbia neighborhood after a report of shots fired Tuesday night.  The incident occurred at the intersection of Pinehurst Lane and Godas Drive, where officers say they found 10 to 20 shell casings and it appears two weapons were involved.  No injuries were reported and there was no damage to nearby homes or vehicles found.  Investigators say they do not have a confirmed suspect as of yet, but they are working with car descriptions, as the investigation continues. 

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC ASSAULT   

 

A Columbia man is accused of domestic violence and property damage at a home in east Columbia.  Officers were called to the home on Albany drive, Monday morning, where 28 year old Geoffrey Burris was accused of attacking the female victim and then keeping her from leaving the home.  Burris is also accused of causing more than $1,000 dollars in damage to the victim’s vehicle and home.  Burris was arrested at the scene for domestic assault, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and use of drug paraphernalia.  

 




February 6, 2018

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENTS PLANNED FOR ROUTE E IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing culvert work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Route E - Feb. 7-9, road closed from the north outer road of Interstate 70 to Van Horn Road for culvert replacement.  Work will be completed between 8am and 3pm each day.  The road will be open at the end of each work day.

 

Route E - Feb. 13, road closed from New Truxton Road to Baptist Road for culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8am and 3pm.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.  This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING HOME INVASION         

 

Columbia Police are investigating a home invasion in the 3600 block of Hermitage Road, which occurred Monday morning, just before 7:30am.  Officers say a suspect forced entry into the home, showed a weapon to one of three people inside, and searched the home before fleeing the scene.  There were no reported injuries and the amount of property taken has not been released.  Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

MPSD had no reported vehicle slide-offs, crashes, or stranded motorists as a result of the weather that moved through Missouri on 02/04/18.  One sign was knocked down, presumably from a sliding vehicle, but the vehicle left prior to officer arrival.

 

On Saturday, February 3 at approximately 8:21am the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of Robinhood in reference to a possible fire in a home.  Responding personnel found a fire in the attic.  The fire was contained and extinguished with the immediate area of the fire suffering fire damage and the rest of the house receiving no damage.  It was determined that the fire started in the area of some older, damaged wiring.  There were no injuries from the event.

 




February 5, 2018

 

FOUR INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY WRECK

 

Four people all from Union, MO were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Warren County.  68 year old Darryl Sperry was on Route 47 when he lost control of his truck, traveled off the right side of the road and overturned.  He along with two of his passengers 65 year old Judy Sperry and 46 year old Roy Cable suffered minor injuries, while his other passenger 6 year old Chaz Kinney sustained moderate injuries.  All four were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

  

MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS IN COLUMBIA AREA CAUSED BY SLICK ROADS  

 

Slick roadways caused a number of accidents in the area Sunday. 

Two cars collided on Highway 63 in Boone County and, troopers say, while those two drivers were assessing their damage another vehicle slid off the road and struck their vehicles.  Fortunately, no injuries were reported. 

More than six vehicles were involved in a pile-up at the intersection of Old Route 63 and Broadway in Columbia.  Police say the slick roadways caused the chain-reaction collision.  No significant injuries were reported.  A number of other minor accidents were reported around the area during Sunday’s snowfall. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE PURSE SNATCHING       

 

Columbia Police are seeking a suspect who allegedly snatched a woman’s purse in the McDonald’s Parking Lot on Clark Lane Saturday evening.  Officers were called to the scene just after 6pm, where the victim says the suspect grabbed her purse and ran from the scene.  Officers searched the area with a K-9 unit but the suspect was not found.  The incident remains under investigation.  

 

 




Weekend Report- February 3-4, 2018

TEEN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

A St. Peters teen was hurt in an accident that occurred at 4am Saturday in St. Charles County.  19 year old Kayleigh Clark was on Highway 364 when she failed to maintain a single lane, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the concrete median.  She was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.

MAN INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

A St. Louis man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 70 year old James Poll was eastbound on I-44 when his vehicle began to skid, ran off the left side of the road, struck a concrete barrier, returned to the roadway, went off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to St. Anthony's Medical Center for treatment. 

DRIVER INJURED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH 

A driver was injured in an early Saturday morning crash in Washington County.  21 year old Tyler Fisher of Sullivan, MO was on Highway 185 when his Ford Explorer traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road, began skidding and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries. 

  






February 2, 2018

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENTS PLANNED FOR ROUTE E IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting; MoDOT crews will be doing culvert work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Route E - Feb. 5-9, road closed from the north outer road of Interstate 70 to Van Horn Road for culvert replacement.  Work will be completed between 8am and 3pm each day.  The road will be open at the end of each work day.

 

Route E - Feb. 13, road closed from New Truxton Road to Baptist Road for culvert replacement. Work will be completed between 8am and 3pm.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.  This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

TWO INCIDENTS AT BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL RESULT IN ARRESTS   

 

Two separate incidents at Columbia Battle High School on Wednesday resulted in charges against one student and the mother of another student. 

Administrators say the student struck an administrator who was searching him, as the administrator was pulling a baggie of marijuana from the student’s pants pocket.  The student then ran from the office, struck another school official with a door and fought with a third administrator while attempting to flee.  The student faces charges of assault and drug possession. 

In a separate incident, police say the mother of another student, Amanda Christine Dubuque, engaged in a fight with juvenile students at the school entrance.  Dubuque is accused of encouraging the disturbance, which her daughter was involved in.  She faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child. 

 

WOMEN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

Two women from Kaiser, MO were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 9:55am Thursday in Callaway County.  62 year old Melinda VanPelt was on MO 94 when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  She was air lifted by Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries, while her passenger 58 year old Sandra Otto was taken to Capital Region Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 




February 1, 2018

 

FOUR SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Four people were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5:40pm Wednesday in Franklin County.  26 year old Jacob Gianino of St. Louis was eastbound on I-44 when his Ford Ranger crossed over the median and struck a Ford Explorer driven by 26 year old Julieana Lowe of Salem head-on.  The man was transported by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while the woman and her two passengers 33 year old Brian and 6 year old Benjamin Hobson of Salem was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

MEXICO MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO 12 FELONY COUNTS        

 

A Mexico man is headed to prison, after pleading guilty Wednesday to 12 felony counts, including forcible sodomy, statutory sodomy, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.  34 year old Travis Kelly, of Mexico entered the guilty plea just before a 3-day jury trial was to begin, in connection with allegations of abuse involving a 9-year-old girl, which occurred in 2014 and 2015.  Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections. 

 

MOBERLY WOMAN CHARGED WITH SELLING METH          

 

A Moberly woman is accused of distributing a controlled substance, after an investigation by the Central Missouri Drug Task Force.  28 year old Andrea Keefer was charged with three counts on Wednesday.  Investigators say the task force used three informants to purchase meth from the suspect, including one transaction, which occurred near the Moberly Head Start Daycare and Preschool.  Keefer is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond, pending a court appearance next week. 

 




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